Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he had not given up hope that Melbourne will switch to become another formula one night race.

Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he had not given up hope that Melbourne will switch to become another formula one night race.

Essentially on the grounds of the cost of expensive floodlighting, Australian grand prix promoter Ron Walker ruled out the night race concept.

But to better accommodate European television audiences, he did agree to 5pm starts for qualifying and the grand prix, dubbed in the media as 'twilight' racing.

Ecclestone told local Fairfax Radio on Friday that he was hopeful it will stir Walker's interest in taking the twilight concept even further.

"Let's see how this twilight event goes. Let's have a good look at it. Maybe Ron then will have a look at it and think 'my God' and it (a night race) may suit him from a marketing point," the Briton said.

 

 

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